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Daily News Summary
2 Nov 2015

image Proactive safeguarding – improving how your school protects students from abuse
image Girls must choose career or motherhood, says top head
image Rugby football: Dr Arnold's legacy lives on
image The invisible gatecrasher: why all teenagers are easy prey for drugs
image 'Time to forgive Guy Fawkes,' says headmaster of his old school
image Answer the question: The 34% grade C that shows the exam system is failing us all
image Gordonstoun: No Ordinary School
image Nicky Morgan: 100,000 children will forced to re-sit Sats tests
image Ministers consider national tests for seven-year-olds
image More than 100 schools sell off playing fields
image Music app launches battle of Britten & Co

Proactive safeguarding – improving how your school protects students from abuse

 

The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) is hosting a series of discounted regional workshops to review and improve knowledge and practice relating to child abuse, grooming and related behaviours. The workshops are aimed at school senior managers and school governors who are charged with safeguarding and are seeking to improve practice across the school. It is also suitable for those looking to add a new focus to the induction of new staff and to generally raise awareness of the sort of adult behaviours which may place children at risk.

The workshops are available to both BSA members and non-members. More details are available here.

Girls must choose career or motherhood, says top head

 

Teachers must tell girls that they need to choose between their careers and motherhood instead of misleading them with the “lie” that they can have both, according to a leading headmistress. Vivienne Durham, of independent Francis Holland Regent’s Park, says girls need to be prepared for the real world and teachers should not tell them there is no “glass ceiling”. By Javier Espinoza and Nicola Harley, The Sunday Telegraph. Also reported by The Times and The Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Times
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Daily Mail

Rugby football: Dr Arnold's legacy lives on

 

As New Zealand and Australia go head to head in the Rugby World Cup Final 2015, Eleanor Doughty visits the place where it all began. Rugby School. Peter Green, headmaster of Rugby School, Rusty Maclean, the school’s historian and Simon Brown, director of boys’ games are quoted. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

The invisible gatecrasher: why all teenagers are easy prey for drugs

 

Bernard Trafford, a head teacher, recalls how an overdose nearly killed a pupil at a party even though adults were there. Mr Trafford is headmaster at The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

'Time to forgive Guy Fawkes,' says headmaster of his old school

 

As every school girl and boy knows, he was the man who tried to blow up Parliament and whose capture in the act we have been celebrating ever since with fireworks and flames. But the headmaster of Guy Fawkes’s old school now says it is time to forgive his part in the gunpowder plot and hail him as an internationally recognised symbol of British culture. Quotes Leo Winkley, headmaster of St Peter’s School in York. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Answer the question: The 34% grade C that shows the exam system is failing us all

 

This week’s questions are answered by Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Gordonstoun: No Ordinary School

 

A Sky TV programme shows how scholarships to the institution pave the way to high-flying careers. The scholarship can be a 'real life challenge', but the rewards speak for themselves. Quotes Simon Reid, principal at Gordonstoun. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

Nicky Morgan: 100,000 children will forced to re-sit Sats tests

 

More than 100,000 children who fail their primary school Sats tests every year will be forced to re-sit the assessments when they start secondary school. Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, drew up the plan to help pupils who are at risk of falling behind their classmates because they have failed to gain a good grasp of reading, writing and arithmetic. By Tim Ross, The Sunday Telegraph. The issue of testing is also covered by The Times.

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Sunday Telegraph
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Times

Ministers consider national tests for seven-year-olds

 

Ministers are considering more rigorous assessments for seven-year-olds – including the reintroduction of national tests – as part of an overhaul of primary school appraisal to being announced by education secretary Nicky Morgan. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

More than 100 schools sell off playing fields

 

One hundred and eighteen schools have been allowed to sell off playing fields in the past five years. Only eight applications were not approved. The panel set up to arbitrate on such cases rejected a further six cases, but these were overturned by the government. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

Music app launches battle of Britten & Co

 

A new project aims to get primary pupils hooked on classical music before they reach an age when it’s ‘uncool’, writes Richard Brooks. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

 

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